Subaru has just redesigned its Impreza around the new Subaru Global modular platform, but the car’s high-performance WRX and WRX STI models are still a couple of years off. In the interim, the current WRX and WRX STI have been given some updates.
Unveiled on Monday at the 2017 Detroit auto show, the updated WRX and WRX STI will go on sale in the spring. They arrive as 2018 models.
Among the highlights are a revised front section for a more aggressive look, a revised front structure for enhanced frontal collision performance, revised suspension and steering for better handling and ride comfort, and a revised cabin benefitting from nicer materials and more sound deadening. There are also new wheels, upgraded brakes and a revised Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) system specifically for the WRX STI.
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Unfortunately, there’s no extra power to report on. The WRX sticks with a turbocharged 2.0-liter flat-4 delivering 268 horsepower and the WRX STI with a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-4 delivering 305 hp.
Pricing hasn't been announced but shouldn't deviate much from pricing for the 2017 models, which started at $27,515 for the WRX and $36,015 for the WRX STI.
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